Monday, August 15, 2011

Curry Love

GWH and I are completely in love with all things curry so I checked this book out at the library.  I  will definitely have to buy it and add it to my collection.

Sweet Mango Curry Chicken

1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 onion, sliced lengthwise
1 hot green chile pepper, minced (I used two)
1 tbsp minced ginger root
1 tbsp Indian yellow curry paste or masala blend (I used Patak's Madras)
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1/2 cup coconut milk 1/2 cup chicken stock
1 large firm ripe sweet mango, peeled and sliced
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup thin strips red bell pepper

  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add onion and cook, stirring, until softened and starting to brown, about 3 minutes.  Stir in chile pepper, ginger, and curry paste; cook, stirring, until softened and fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Add chicken and stir until coated with spices.  Stir in coconut milk and stock; brint got a simmer, scraping up bits stuck to pan.  Reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring often, until chicken is no longer pink inside and sauce is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Increase heat to medium and stir in mango.  Cook, stirring gently, just until starting to soften, about 3 minutes.  Stir in salt.  Serve sprinkled with green onions and red pepper.
I served the chicken with basmati rice and rotis. Delicious.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


There seems to be an underlying theme with my menus in the last couple of weeks.  French.  Perhaps, it is an unconscious protest in response to reading Bill Buford's, Heat in which Mario Batali's disdain for all things French is mentioned again and again.  
I belong to a dinner club in which the host picks a theme and we all bring a dish to correspond with that theme.  The latest gathering was an International Christmas dinner and I decided to make Tourtiere.  Tourtiere is a traditional Quebecois Christmas dish and even though Quebec is still in Canada, much to the dismay of the Parti Quebecois, this dish feels somewhat foreign as it is not in my traditional Christmas line-up.   If GWH has his way, though, it will be added from now on because he loved it although his opinion is probably skewed because I am pretty sure the fact that I decorated it with a Moose made him biased. 

So Bon Apetit and Joyeux Noel to all! 

...........See I am bilingual!

1-1/2 cups (375 mL) cubed peeled potato 
1 lb (.5 kg) lean ground moose
1 lb (.5 kg) lean ground pork
2 cups (500 mL)  mushrooms, finely chopped
3/4 cup (175 mL) celery, finely chopped
3/4 cup (175 mL) chicken stock
2 onions, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp (4 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2 mL) pepper
1/2 tsp dry mustard
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each pepper, sage and thyme
1/4 tsp (1 mL) each ground cloves and cinnamon
Pastry for double pie crust and cut outs
1 egg yolk

In saucepan of boiling salted water, cover and cook potato until tender, about 12 minutes. Drain and mash; set aside.

In a large bowl, mix together pork, moose, mushrooms, celery, stock, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, sage, thyme, cloves, cinnamon and potatoes.  Set aside.

On lightly floured surface, roll out 1 of the pastry discs to scant 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Fit into 9-inch (23 cm) pie plate. Spoon in filling. Roll out remaining pastry. Brush pie rim with water; cover with top pastry and press edge to seal. Trim and flute.

Roll out scraps; cut out desired shapes. (Make-ahead: Wrap tourtiere and shapes separately; refrigerate for up to 24 hours. Or overwrap in heavy-duty foil and freeze for up to 2 weeks; thaw in refrigerator. Add 20 to 30 minutes to baking time, covering with foil after 45 minutes; remove foil for last 10 minutes.)

Mix egg yolk with 2 tsp (10 mL) water; brush three-quarters over top. Arrange cutouts on top; brush with remaining egg wash. Cut steam vents in top.

Bake in bottom third of 400°F (200°C) oven until hot and golden brown, about 75 minutes.

If you find that the crust is browning too quickly, then cover loosely with tin foil for the remainder of cooking time.

I am submitting this to the Hearth n' Soul Blog hop.
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